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Our Favorite Books 


Each month we read dozens of books to find those that will help you manage your family life more successfully. Here are our favorites. You may order a copy by simply clicking on the book image. 


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I'll Have It My Way
by Hattie Bryant

Everyone Dies. Medicine has it limits. Your physician and family need guidance for what to do as you approach the end of your life, especially if you can no longer speak for yourself. Written in collaboration with our country's finest physicians, Hattie helps us take control of end-of-life decisions. Her personal Health Care Directive is worth the price of the book.

The Magic of Tidying Up
by Marie Kondo

Do you clean up the clutter in your home only to have it look the same within a few weeks? Join 6 million people who have learned Marie Kondo's proven strategies for clearing clutter permanently. How? By Category. Where to Start? Clothing first, then books. This is one book you won't discard.

Spark Joy
by Marie Kondo

This companion book continues to teach how - joyfully - to declutter and organize specific items throughout the house along with Marie Kondo's patented folding method for shirts, pants, socks and jackets.

The Future is Here... Senior Living Reimagined
by Lisa M. Ciri

This book begins easily enough with a discussion about wearable technology, lighting innovations, hearing loops and sensors that enable older people to remain safe and engaged in life. It then transitions to innovations that will truly change how we live our lives. Will you print your next meal using a 3-d printer? Buy a robot as a companion for Grandma? A quick read to better understand these and other innovations that will soon be mass marketed. The future is here, indeed.

5@55: The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55
by Judith D. Grimaldi & Joanne Seminara

When was the last time you updated your legal documents? This quick read outlines the 5 documents you and your parents will want to have in place by age 55. Don't wait. Two experienced attorneys share their knowledge and the mistakes clients have made.

Why Men Die First:How to Lengthen Your Lifespan
by Marianne J. Legato

Women outlive men by six years. Heart disease starts in men as early as age 35. Like you, we didn't question why until we read this book. Learn how to lengthen the lifespan of the men in your family.

Inide the O'Briens by Lisa Genova

If one of your parents carried the gene for Huntington's Disease, would you want to be genetically tested? This acclaimed novel by neuroscientist and author of "Still Alice" pulls you into one family's experience as they grapple with caregiving and choices. Could you live without knowing if you were a carrier? Would you have children? A provocative story.

STILL ALICE by Lisa Genova

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life—and her relationship with her family and the world—forever. At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease

MOM ALWAYS LIKE YOU BEST: A GUIDE FOR RESOLVING FAMILY FEUDS, INHERITANCE BATTLES & ELDERCARE CRISES
by Arline Kardasis, Rikk Larsen, Crystal Thorpe, Blair Trippe

Written by professional mediators, this guide helps families resolve family feuds before they escalate to inheritance battles that can destroy relationships and deplete the family's wealth. A must read for seniors and the adult children who need tools to traverse this potentially difficult and emotionally-charged stage in life.

SECOND WIND by Dr. Bill Thomas

Elderhood, n. A distinctive stage following adulthood that includes a slower, deeper, and more connected life. So says Dr. Bill Thomas in this provocative book that challenges America's cultural ageism, encouraging readers old and young to embrace the last decades of life as opportunities to use accumulated wisdom to re-imagine new ways of living and working. The perfect gift for Baby Boomers and those who love them.

NOT YOUR MOTHER'S RETIREMENT by Ms. Sally Abrahams, et. al.

Written by more than a dozen aging experts for women in their forties and fifties, this book provides practical and inspirational ways to navigate longevity. A "must buy" for book clubs and women's organizations to encourage conversations about housing, finances, health, and more. Age well. You deserve it!

RAISED HEALTHY, WEALTHY and WISE by Coventry Edwards-Pitt

The media is full of stories about wealthy children gone wild. But many children, raised in a family of plenty, become generous, accomplished adults. What accounts for the difference? The author, a financial advisor to affluent families, interviewed dozens of families to determine which parenting strategies were most effective. This book makes a great gift for clients or family members with young or adolescent children.

THE SHELTER OF EACH OTHER by Dr. Mary Pipher

Even more relevant today than when it was first published, Mary Pipher uses the stories of families she counsels to demonstrate how to protect our families from the onslaught of media and cultural messages that negatively influence our children. Her "Ten Mistakes that Therapists Make" is worth the price of the book.

MOGUL, MOM & MAID by Liz O'Donnell

Hilarious and thought-provoking with actionable advice, this book is a must read by all working mothers and those who care about them. Beautifully researched and brilliantly written, Liz captures the challenges of contemporary women's lives and the roles they juggle - breadwinner, mother, wife, elder caregiver. The perfect gift for the working women in your life.

GET WHAT'S YOURS: THE SECRETS TO MAXING OUT YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY by Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Phillip Moeller

Is someone in your family turning 62 soon? Add this book to their birthday present. The authors simplify the thousand of Social Security system rules to explain how to maximize Social Security benefits. The perfect gift for BOOMERS.

EAT WELL, BE HAPPY by Debra Stark

Health and happiness should be as simple as enjoying good food, try this book for recipes AND an education about the foods we eat.

THE HEART OF THE HEREAFTER: LOVE STORIES FROM THE END OF LIFE by Marcia Brennan, Ph.D.

The stories in The Heart of the Hereafter can change not only how we view the end of life, but how we view life itself. Featuring a moving selection of poetic and visual artworks based on the author’s experiences as an Artist In Residence in palliative medicine at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, this book is a gift that you'll want to read and re-read when a loved one is nearing the end of life.

BOTH SIDES NOW by Alice Lazzarini, PhD

In Both Sides Now, Dr. Alice Lazzarini, an internationally recognized researcher in neurogenetic disorders, shares her personal and professional journey with Parkinson's Disease. A working mother, gifted scientist, and part of the team that discovered the first Parkinson’s disease-causing gene mutation, Dr. Lazzarini's story embraces the challenges of scientific discovery amid the urgent need to find a cure. Proceeds from book purchases will support the Parkinson's Foundation.

WHERE DOES IT HURT? An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care
by Jonathan Bush & Stephen Baker

If you want to know where health care innovation is heading, read this book. Provocative, hilarious, and intent on driving health care into the 21st century, Jonathan Bush, co-founder of Athena Health, takes the reader on a journey through the dysfunction in our health care system and what's needed to fix it.

A WELL-SEASONED KITCHEN by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper

A feast for the eyes as well as the palette, this delicious collection of recipes was written as a loving collaboration by mother and daughter who found cooking together as a way to rekindle memories from the past. Comfort foods and menu ideas nestle amid succulent images by renowned food photographer Laurie Smith. A great hostess or holiday gift that will appeal to cooks of all ages. Proceeds are donated to the Alzheimer's Association.

A DOG WALKS INTO A NURSING HOME by Sue Halpern

A true heart-warming story written by a mother approaching the empty nest who discovers the wisdom of the aged through weekly visits to a local nursing home with her therapy dog. Poignant, humorous, and helpful to those family members who may be reluctant to visit their loved ones.

BEING MORTAL by Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande, brilliant surgeon and award-winning author, addresses one of today's most difficult topics: the process of dying. Gawande offers guidance about how patients weigh housing and treatment options during the last few years of their lives. Highly recommended for those whose loved one is elderly or living with a life-threatening illness.

I'M STILL HERE: A NEW PHILOSOPHY OF ALZHEIMER'S CARE
by John Zeisel

We love the idea of using music, art, and touch to connect with our loved ones with Alzheimer's and, without pharmacologicals, help improve quality of life.

LEARINING TO SPEAK ALZHEIMER'S by Joanne Koenig Coste

This book contains many tips for communication.

WHEN YOUR PARENT MOVES IN by David Horgan

So you thought you'd never live with Mom again? Think again. This book is a must read before you make that change.

I AM NOT SICK, I DON'T NEED HELP! HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS ACCEPT TREATMENT. 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION by Xavier Amadpor

Dr. Amador did this research in order to help his brother. The book has stood the test of time and new chapters have been added.

WHO CAN YOU TRUST WITH YOUR MONEY? by Bonnie Kirchner

Finding a financial advisor you can trust is no easy matter.